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Charles Schroeter Collection

A very generous donation of early zither sheet music was recently received by Zither US, compliments of Jerry Turnbaugh. A significant portion of this music, donated in memory of his friend, Charles Schroeter, has now been digitized and is posted here for the enjoyment of the zither community. As an introduction to the collection, Jerry has provided the following remembrance...



Charles Schroeter, Charlie as we knew him, was a close friend and co-worker of my sister, Jean Turnbaugh Hodson, a professor at the University of Washington. Through Jean, Charlie became one of our family and shared his zither talent with us on many occasions.

Charles Schroeter, September, 1958

Charlie was born in London in 1900 and educated in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany. He emigrated to Canada in 1926 and subsequently to Seattle, Washington in 1950. As Charlie tells it, his first contact with the zither was when his uncle gave him a zither and taught him the rudiments when he was 11 years old. He received professional instruction from Franz Degen for about two years and then for another three years from Miss Frieda Meier. He became interested in the piano and took two years of piano lessons.

In Canada, he met Paul Heinrich from whom he ultimately purchased a Meinel Perfecta zither. The zither was Mr. Heinrich's pride and joy and Charlie learned to appreciate it while playing duets with Mr. Heinrich in 1939 and 1940. Mr. Heinrich died in 1943 and Charlie was able to buy the zither from the Heinrich family on Christmas, 1953.

Charlie couldn't find anyone in Seattle with whom to play, so he and Jean bought two reel-to-reel recorders and Charlie would record first zither on one recorder and then play second zither while recording both on the second recorder. Crude technology but they had fun with the process and it was a delight for the rest of us.

Charlie passed away in 1966 at age 66. We missed him.

Jerry Turnbaugh

June, 2013


Zither Music, The Charles Schroeter Collection
Index Composer Arranger Title Publisher Notes
SM-0325 Christoph Voigt Christoph Voigt In die weite Welt, Marsch Christoph Voigt, Dreseden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Herrn Zitherlehrer Max Götze in Radeberg freundlichst gewidmet
SM-0326 Josef Hauser Josef Hauser Für d' Loni, Schuhplatt'l-Walzer Josef Hauser, München Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: From Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Mo./ Voices: Zither I, Zither II, Guitar
SM-0327 Henry Vries Henry Vries D' Almaleab'n, Fantasie im Ländlerstyl Henry Vries, Köln Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Seinem lieben Freunde Peter Weyand gewidment
SM-0328 C. G. Burda C. G. Burda Einzug des Königs Wein, Triumphmarsch Mannheim, K. Ferd Heckel Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Der Schuch'schen Zither-Schule in Frankfurt a/M achtungsvoll gewidmet
SM-0329 L. von der Mehden Max Maier Lindenau, Polka Max Maier, San Francisco Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0330 A. Pierce / Traditional Max Maier Happy Youth Galop / Comin' thro' the Rye Max Maier, San Francisco Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0331 Crough / Thompson Max Maier Kathleen Mavourneen / Clara Schottische Max Maier, San Francisco Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0332 Faust Max Maier Sharpshooter's March (Schützen Marsch) Max Maier, San Francisco Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0333 Volkslied Paul Heinrich Kde Domov Muj A. W. Rost, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0334 Carl Sackur Felix Lohr Glöcken im Thale, Gavotte Carl Sackur, Breslau Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0335 Josef Hauser Josef Hauser Die Zithermeisterin, Concert-Polka Josef Hauser, Erding Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: From Franz Schwarzer Zither Co., Washington, Mo. / Voices: Zither I, Zither II
SM-0336 Franz v. Suppé / Th. Koschat Max Albert / R. Hose Two Airs from "Boccaccio" / Verlassen Bin I / Schnadahüpf'l Nord-Amerikan Zither Journal, New York Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0337 Alois Bauer Alois Bauer Herzblümchen, Polka Eigenthum des Componisten Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0338 Jos. Kellner Jos. Kellner Ungarischer Nationaltanz J. Kellner's Selbstverlag, München Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0339 L. Gruber L. Gruber Vor ihra Hütt'n J. G. Seeling, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0340 Volkslied (Gedicht von Rückert M. Abt Aus der Jugendzeit Domkowsky & Co., Hamburg Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0341 Bernhard Siefert Bernhard Siefert Die Liebesboten Carl Steiner, Berlin Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Herrn Hermann Stark in St. Louis freundschaftlichst gewidmet
SM-0342 Ferdinand Kollmaneck Ferdinand Kollmaneck Glücksträume Hans Ziegler, München Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0343 Jos. Bill Jos. Bill O mei Waberl, Polka Tölz, Echo vom Gebirge Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: Henry Wormsbacher, Music Publisher, 1988 East 59th Str., Cleveland, O.
SM-0344 Josef Hauser Josef Hauser Frühlings-Einzug, Gavotte Jos. Hauser, München Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0345 F. X. Wallner F. X. Wallner Im Trauten Heim, Tyrolienne Zentralblatt Deutscher Zithervereine Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0346 Wiilh. Tafelmeyer Wiilh. Tafelmeyer Erinnerung an Eidelstedt, Ländlicher Tanz Zentralblatt Deutscher Zithervereine Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Meinen Eidelstedter Freunden zum Andenken
SM-0347 Stefan Köhler Stefan Köhler Rollerscher Stenographen Galopp Zentralblatt Deutscher Zithervereine Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Herrn Albert Schulze in Freundschaft gewidmet
SM-0348 Max Albert Max Albert Das Salzburger Glockenspiel Berlin, M. Bahn Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: From Franz Schwarzer Zither Co., Washington, Mo.
SM-0349 Paul Rudiger Paul Rudiger Glocken=Harfen=und Violoncellfantasie à la Burgstaller A. Kabatek, Leipzig Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Seinem Freunde Herrn A. Maurer gewidmet
SM-0350 Ed. Hoenes Ed. Hoenes 's Fensterl'n, Alpen-Idylle Trier, bei P. Ed. Hoenes Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Voices: Zither I, Zither II
SM-0351 Franz Degen Franz Degen Graf Zeppelin Gavotte Franz Degen, Zürich Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Sr. Excellenz Graf F. v. Zeppelin hochachtungsvollst gewidmet / Voices: Zither I, Streichzither
SM-0352 Johannes Pugh Johannes Pugh Ein Traumbild, Ländler über ein Motiv von Lumbye Altona, bei dem Herausgeber Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: Herman C. Grohe, Washington, Mo.
SM-0353 F. von Blon Geo. Lechler Buren Marsch Theodor Lohr, New York Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0354 Josef Gschwandner Josef Gschwandner Sounds from the Pacific Ocean, Waltzes M. Gray, San Francisco Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0355 L. Freytag L. Freytag Irrlichtlein P. Ed. Hoenes in Trier Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Herrn Georg Fodermayer aus Verehrung und Dankbarkeit gewidmet
SM-0356 Rudolf Förster Alf. Fabian Gukurru, Pola-Mazurka C. Sackur, Breslau Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0357 Leopold Gruber Leopold Gruber Holde Träumerin, Polka-Mazur. Mannheim, K. Ferd Heckel Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0358 Edwin Schiffel Edwin Schiffel Inspiration, Tonbild Robert Söhnel, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Herrn Zithervirtuos Paul Renk in Leipzig freundschaftlichst gewidmet
SM-0359 Edwin Schiffel Edwin Schiffel Illusionen, Fantasiestück Robert Söhnel, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Herrn Henry Wormsbacher in Jersey-City N.A. freundschaftlichst gewidmet
SM-0360 Max Albert Max Albert La Malinconia, Thema zur Fantasie über eine Romanze von Fabio Campana A. Kabatek, Leipzig Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0361 Max Albert Max Albert Drei Lieder (Bitte / An die Melancholie / Wohl waren es Tage der Sonne) A. Kabatek, Leipzig Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: From Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Mo.
SM-0362 Banks Winter Paul Heinrich Heimwärts, Amerikanischer Walzer A. W. Rost, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0363 Theodor Kehl Theodor Kehl a , „Grüsse aus'm Bayerland“, Ländler Christ. Ludw. Steffen, Stettin Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Herrn Alexander Deprosse in Liverpool freundschaftlichst dedicirt
SM-0364 Franz Schubert / J. P. Webster Franz von P. Ott The Lady of the Lake, Ellen's First Song / Sweet By and By A. M. J. Mueller, Philadelphia, PA Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Arranged for the Zither and dedicated to Hubert von Herkomer, Arranged for the Zither and dedicated to Miss Katie Haack, Minneapolis, Minn. / On cover: Compliments of Albert A. Hesse, Washington, Mo. - U.S.A
SM-0365 J. Allfeld J. Allfeld Fürstenberg-Marsch Bremen, A. E. Fischer Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: From Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Mo. / Dedication: Seiner Hochfürstlichen Durchlaucht dem Fürsten Carl Egon zu Fürstenberg in tiefster Ehrfurcht gewidmet / Voices: Zither I, Zither II
SM-0366 Jos. Swoboda Jos. Swoboda Am Waldesrand Robert Wächtler, Hamburg Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Voices: Zither, Piano
SM-0367 C. F. Enslein C. F. Enslein Alpenveilchen, Polka-Mazur Eigenthum des Componisten Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Ihrer Wohlgeboren der Frau Josefine Lenneis geb. Tschurtschenthaler hochachtungsvoll gewidmet
SM-0368 W. O. Mickenschreiber W. O. Mickenschreiber „Scherzo“, Polatanz-Form Georg Hentzschel, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Herrn Wilh. Göbel, Essen, in Freundschaft zugeeignet
SM-0369 Carl J. F. Umlauf Carl J. F. Umlauf Gemüths-Klänge, Ländler Wein, bei dem Herausgeber Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0370 Carl J. F. Umlauf Carl J. F. Umlauf Zwei Lieder ohne Worte (Allein, Thränen) Wein, bei dem Herausgeber Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0371 Bernhard Seifert Bernhard Seifert Im Fichtenhain, Tonstück Moabiter Zither-Akademie, Berlin Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0372 Johannes Pugh Johannes Pugh „Bunte Reihe", Potpourri Altona, Hercules Hinz Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0373 Chr. Ludw. Steffen Chr. Ludw. Steffen Herzens Frühling, Fantasie brillante Christ. Ludw. Steffen, Stettin Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Fräulein Clara Steffen gewidmet
SM-0374 Bernhard Seifert Bernhard Seifert Aus'm Isergebirg, Ländler Georg Hentzschel, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Seinem talentvollen Schüler, Herrn Heinz Schreiber Berlin gewidmet
SM-0375 Ferd. Kollmaneck Ferd. Kollmaneck Waldeszauber, Walzer Hans Ziegler, München Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0376 Johannes Pugh Johannes Pugh Waldesrauschen, Reverie A. Kabatek, Leipzig Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0377 F. Möller F. Möller Lustfahrten, Walzer Friedrich Ahrens, Hamburg-Altona Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: From Franz Schwarzer, Washington, Mo.
SM-0378 Ferdinand Kollmaneck Ferdinand Kollmaneck Sonate in B Dur Cgr. Voigt, Dresden Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Seiner Wohlgeboren Herrn Carl Sloup gewidmet
SM-0379 J. Kellner J. Kellner Fischer Lust J. Kellner's Selbst-Verlag, München Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0380 Joseph Rixner Joseph Rixner „Auf steilen Felsen-Höhen“, Walzer P. Ed. Hoenes in Trier Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0381 Hans Thauer Hans Thauer Verlangen und Entsagen, Tönstück Fr. Klare jr., Klein-Holthausen b/ Brünninghausen Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Voices: Zither I, Flöte, Streichzither I oder Violine I
SM-0382 Franz Wagner Franz Wagner Zwei Lieder ohne Worte (Alpenrose, Am Grundlsee) Franz Wagner, Wien Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0383 John Philip Sousa Jos. A. Koch The Stars and Stripes Forever, March The John Church Company, US Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0384 Carl J. F. Umlauf Carl J. F. Umlauf Herzenstelegramm Wein, bei dem Herausgeber Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0385 Carl J. F. Umlauf Carl J. F. Umlauf Errinnerung An Ems, Conzertstück Wein, bei dem Herausgeber Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
SM-0386 Max Schulz Max Schulz Elisen-Gavotte Regensburg, B. Fritz Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Wohlgeb. Frl. Elise Siehe freundlichst gewidmet
SM-0387 Carl Fittig Carl Fittig G'sangln und Tanzen aus Tirol Mannheim, K. Ferd Heckel Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Dedication: Miss Jessi Henderson freundlichst gewidmet
SM-0388 Johannes Pugh Johannes Pugh Sonate Hamburg, Hercules Hinz Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Herrn Max Albert in Berlin
SM-0389 C. Olaf Sodahl C. Olaf Sodahl Khorassan Patrol (Oriental March) C. O. G. Sodahl, East San Diego, California Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter / Stamped: From Franz Schwarzer, Washington, MO. / Voices: Piano or Zither, Violin or Mandolin
SM-0390 Franz Macku Fr. Gutmann Herzliche Grüsse, Polka Francaise Röder, Dessau Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter

Charles Schroeter's collection also includes several music programs and other printed zither ephemera. These have been digitized and are provided in the following table.




Zither Ephemera
Index Description Notes
ZE-0001 Music Program / Zither Quartett Zürich / Kongresshaus Zürich / Sonntag, den 23. Februar 1958, nacm. 16 Uhr Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0002 Schweizerischer Landessender Beromünster "Die Konzert - Zither" Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0003 Zitherverein Schaffhausen / Jubiläums-Konzert, Sonntag, den 7. November 1965, um 16 Uhr im "Kronenhof" Schaffhausen Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0004 Zitherquartett Zurich / Kongresshaus Zürich / Sonntag, 15. September 1957, 16 Uhr Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0005 Zitherquartett Zurich / Kongresshaus Zurich / Samstag 30. Mai 1958, 19 h 30 Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0006 Einladung zum Konzert des Zithertrio Basel / Samstag, den 15. Februar 1958, 20 Uhr Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0007 Mein Saitenspiel / Nummer 7, XI. Jahrgang, Bochum-Langendrer, Okt./Nov. 1958 Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0008 Zither Quartett Zürich / Kongresshaus Zürich / Sonntag, den 3. März 1957, nachmittags 16 Uhr Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter
ZE-0009 Nachrichten des Musikverlages Karl Schneiders / Nr. 2 1956/1957 Code: O / Donated in memory of Charles Schroeter



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